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  • Richard Watts, Longtime Volunteer at Pasadena ES, Named AACPS Volunteer of the Year

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 5/17/2019

    Anyone who has been in any part of Pasadena Elementary School over the last 15 years or so has almost certainly crossed paths with Richard Watts.

    From running off copies to laminating materials to attending drownproofing and BizTown field trips, Watts has done it all. He began volunteering at the school when his grandson was in kindergarten. That same grandson graduated from high school two years ago.

    For all his work, Watts today was named the 2019 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Volunteer of the Year.

    “Mr. Watts’ sense of belonging and support is unparalleled,” Pasadena Elementary Principal Jen Quirino said. “He often plans vacations around school activities, and ensures volunteer needs are satisfied ahead of his personal plans.”

    Watts builds relationships with students and staff alike. When school events draw large crowds, he becomes a shuttle driver and takes teachers to their cars so that visitors can park closer to the school.

    “He is a ray of sunshine even on the cloudiest of days,” fifth-grade teacher Dana DiGiorgio said.

    Perhaps the biggest tribute has come from students, however. When asked to submit names of heroes who have made a difference at the school, Watts’ name came up so often that an annual award now bears his name.

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  • Statement from Dr. Arlotto on County Executive Pittman’s FY2020 Budget Proposal

    Posted by Melvin Edwards on 5/9/2019

    Superintendent George Arlotto released the following statement recently regarding the Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal presented to the County Council by County Executive Steuart Pittman:

    “The proposal put forth by the County Executive is a quantum leap forward in addressing the expectation gap that exists in Anne Arundel County. The residents of this county rightfully expect the best in all areas, especially when it comes to the education of their children. Our school system needs the appropriate resources to continue to move towards elimination of achievement and opportunity gaps that exist and to address the rising number of social and emotional issues faced by our students. This proposal funds the vast majority of our request, provides critically needed compensation and staffing increases, and makes tremendous inroads towards reducing our infrastructure backlog. It is a huge investment in our children and our future.”

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